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2015 Blue Sky Folk Festival Performers
with Emcee Matt Watroba

Headline Act

Border Ride

Performance 6:30–8:00

Border Ride is a progressive bluegrass band known for its well-blended vocal harmonies and tight instrumentation.

Pulling influences from a wide range of genres, the band crafts a unique musical experience that caters to a wide audience. Scott and Cathy Pearson, Jimmy Metz, Darla Evans, and Nelson Boosel, make up the group. Along with their high-energy stage presence, the band is known for their award-winning and dynamic talents, always staying one step ahead of audience expectations.

The band won the Oil Country Bluegrass Festival band competition (2012), also taking the Audience Favorite award. Their debut album, Don't Look Back (2014) sees their individual talents in perfect synergy. Exploring the genres of traditional Bluegrass, Americana, Rock, and Country, the band's appetite for original compositions is never satisfied.

Rebekah Jean

Performance 5:00–6:00

Rebekah Jean is a smooth, powerful voice and honest, pointed lyrics.

Raised within earshot of Cleveland, she cut her musical teeth on her father's classic rock while singing "I'll Fly Away" in her family's tiny southern Pentacostal church long before the soundtrack from O, Brother, Where Art Thou swept listeners into an Americana obsession.

Her ties to the birthplace of rock and roll can be heard on a few selections from Love May Be Real but it Ain't Enough, but the common denominator on her 2012 debut is her lean toward the classic country of her mother's heritage. Rebekah Jean began to gravitate toward her mother's coalfields upbringing as a young adult, making countless trips to spend time with her West Virginia cousins and writing her earliest songs, heartbreak her stern teacher.

SpYder Stompers & Sugar Pie

Performance 3:30–4:30

The SpYder Stompers and Sugar Pie cook up a tasty spread of foot stompin' pre war acoustic country blues for all occasions!

The string band quartet members are vocalists and multi-instrumentalists who tag team leading tunes out of music genres which were popular during the first half of the 20th century. This old music comes alive with the likes of Cousin Kevin (Kevin T. Richards) on guitar, mandolin, fiddle; Jailbreak Jack (Jack DiAlesando) guitar, harmonica; Sugar Pie (Sheela Das) ukelele, pennywhistle, washboard; and Brother Raymond (Ray Deforest) on acoustic bass. From school assemblies and libraries to outdoor concerts and festivals the SpYder Stompers and Sugar Pie are guaranteed fun.

Rebecca Wohlever

Performance 2:15–3:00

Blending thoughtful, rich lyrics with a soulful sound, Rebecca Wohlever will take you on a musical journey full of personal stories, local history, the natural world and the common human experience.

Her unique acoustic melodies and earthy vocals create a sound that is at once moving and enchantingly gripping. Connecting with others through song brings her great joy. She is always striving to strike a balance between creating music and managing a full family life in the country. Inspiration is everywhere. Even in the laundry.

Hal Walker

Performance 1:15–2:00

Hal Walker is a musical breath of fresh air for the whole family.

A veteran solo performer, Hal Walker is truly one of a kind. His warm, passionate style engages audiences of all ages. With a soaring baritone voice, he sings soul-searching songs that celebrate community, diversity and the creative process. He improvises and composes on unique musical instruments that you've probably never seen before. Hal lives in Kent, Ohio.

Matt Harmon

Performance 12:15–1:00

Matt Harmon
is a Cleveland, Ohio based singer/songwriter with a knack for clever storytelling.

His adept acoustic guitar playing nods to the flatpickers of bluegrass, while his sometimes sarcastic but always thoughtful lyrics draw listeners in for the ride. Matt's debut album Cosmic Yonder was released to critical acclaim, with the Cleveland Plain Dealer's music critic John Soeder writing "The whole shebang is excellent. The songwriting is super, and the playing is stellar throughout"!

Lindsey Jaquay

Performance 11:30–12:00

Coming from the hills of WV, Lindsey Jaquay plays her own blend of folk and americana music with an Appalachian spirit.

Her unique voice carries her own lyrics which collect friendships, mountain scenery, and thoughtful reminiscence. Whether around a campfire, kitchen table, or on stage Lindsey always sings every word straight from the heart.

Matt Watroba

Performance 11:00–11:30

Matt Watroba
brings a very special set of talents to the stage wherever he appears.

His excellent guitar playing, mellow voice, friendship with his audience, and knowledge of his presentations is impressive. Add to that Matt's own special brand of humor and you are in for a most entertaining and enlightening set. You will feel his obvious love of folk music, both traditional and contemporary—the writers and performers, the heroes and villains. Matt sings songs of compassion, inner strength, humor, and every day living.

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